Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome


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Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome by Sarita Freedman

Going to college can be a daunting prospect for any young person, but for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) this is especially true. This book describes the unique needs that ASD students entering further or higher education are likely to have, and offers strategies that can be implemented during the student's elementary, middle, and high school years. The author also offers advice on the various types of support an ASD student may need during their college years.

Dr. Sarita Freedman outlines the most common strengths and weaknesses of individuals with ASD, and identifies critical skill sets required for success in further or higher education. She offers intervention strategies that professionals and teachers can use to prepare students ahead of time for the kinds of challenges they will face in college. The potential needs of college students with ASD are described, along with recommendations for accommodations and other academic and non-academic supports. Dr. Freedman also offers practical strategies that students with ASD can use to succeed in the academic and social situations that college presents.

This book is essential reading for psychologists, special educators, high school teachers, career counselors, and other professionals who support high school and college students on the autism spectrum. Parents and other caregivers will also find the presentation of ideas useful and educational because skill sets and interventions are described at different levels of development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843109174
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2010
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 377,292
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 5.47(d)

About the Author

Dr. Sarita Freedman is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Calabasas, California, USA. Dr. Freedman has over 30 years' experience working with children, adults, and families, in both educational and clinical settings. She has published articles in autism-related magazines and presented on many aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders at conferences.Formerly, Dr. Freedman co-founded the Child Development Institute where she was Director of Special Needs Programs. She was responsible for designing training programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in working with children on the spectrum, and overseeing their progress in individual and group supervision. Dr. Freedman is the founder of College on the Spectrum®, devoted to helping students with Autismand Asperger's Syndrome succeed in college and in life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Foreword 9

Preface 11

Part 1 The Many Facets Of Autism

1 Becoming Familiar with Autism 17

Part 2 Skill Sets

Introduction: Skill Sets for Success 43

2 Self-Awareness Skill Sets 47

3 Environmental Skill Sets 66

4 Self-Advocacy Skill Sets 73

5 Organizational Skill Sets 86

6 Asking for Help Skill Sets 110

7 Self-Care Skill Sets 120

8 Social Skill Sets 133

Part 3 Going To College

9 The Big Decision: To Go or Not To Go? 163

10 Colleges and Professors Helping Students with ASD 187

11 Are We Ready? 195

References 206

Appendix A overview of skill sets 211

Appendix B helpful resources and websites 215

Subject Index 219

Author Index 224

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